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Emerging applications for sensors in such areas as defense, energy, environmental and industrial markets have experienced significant market growth over the last 10 years. This conference track will examine emerging sensor markets and will showcase the latest technological advancements in smart materials, design, engineering and manufacturing.

Final Agenda

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

12:15 pm Registration

1:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Mark Buccini, Director, Business Unit Strategy, Texas Instruments

Applications and Market for Wearables and Implantables (Shared Session)

2:00 OPENING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Enabling New Applications with Multivariable Chem/Bio Sensors: From Ideas to Product

Radislav A. Potyrailo, PhD, Material Characterization & Chemical Sensing, GE Global Research Center

Modern monitoring scenarios of gases and liquids for industrial safety, environmental surveillance, medical diagnostics, and other applications demand sensing with higher accuracy, enhanced stability, and lower power consumption; often all in unobtrusive formats and at low cost. We are developing a new generation of sensors that bridge the gap between existing and required capabilities. Our methodology allows quantitation of individual chemical or biological components in mixtures, rejection of interferences, and correction for environmental instabilities.

2:30 Facilitating Collaboration to Advance the Commercialization of Nanosensors: The NNI Sensors Signature Initiative

Lisa Friedersdorf, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, National Nanotechnology Initiative

This presentation will provide an update regarding current and planned activities of the NNI Nanotechnology for Sensors and Sensors for Nanotechnology signature initiative. The Sensors NSI was launched in 2012 and has active engagement of several agencies. Areas of focus have included characterization, testing and qualification, integration, manufacturing, and standards. Recent activities have included a focus on wearable and implantable sensors.

3:00 The Emergence of New Sensing Capabilities from Commercially Available Sensors

Thomas Dawidczyk, Lead Analyst, Lux Research

Wearable biosensors continue to develop, providing new capabilities in disease prevention, recognition of primary risks, new models of health care, and providing individuals more insight and education into their personal health. In addition, with electrocardiograms (ECG) and continuous blood pressure sensing maturing quickly, the capability of wearable biosensors will continue to improve. There are barriers to overcome before widespread adoption takes place, such as privacy concerns and power consumption caused by always-on sensors, but improvements in event-driven sensors, edge computing, and data analytics will erode these barriers.

3:30 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

New Applications and Collaborative Initiatives for Enabling Sensor Commercialization

4:00 Printable Wearable Electrochemical Sensors: Toward Lab on the Body

Joseph Wang, PhD, SAIC Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor, Chair of Nanoengineering Department, University of California, San Diego

Printed flexible electrochemical devices have received a considerable recent attention in the fields of wearable devices and mobile health. This presentation will describe stretchable and self-healed printable electrochemical devices, based on novel ink materials, that endure extreme deformations commonly experienced by the human skin. These advances have thus led to the development of printable wearable devices that can fold, bend, stretch, and repair, while maintaining remarkable analytical performance.

4:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Sensor Commercialization – Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Lisa Friedersdorf, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, National Nanotechnology Initiative

Panelists: Radislav A. Potyrailo, PhD, Material Characterization & Chemical Sensing, GE Global Research Center

Joshua Windmiller, PhD, CTO & Founder, Biolinq Technologies, Inc.

Aida Ebrahimi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering, Penn State University

This panel will focus on the identification and discussion of challenges that are faced by the sensor development community during the fabrication, integration and commercialization of sensors.

5:30 End of Day

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

8:30 am Registration and Morning Coffee

8:55 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Radislav A. Potyrailo, PhD, Material Characterization & Chemical Sensing, GE Global Research Center


9:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: From Sensors to Wearables to Health Monitoring

Enrique Saldivar, MD, PhD, Director, Wireless Health Program, Chief Medical Advisor, Case School of Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Microelectronic sensors, a key enabling technology for health and wellness monitoring, are one of the most exciting growth areas. One study predicts that sensors will enable a $75 billion wearables technology market by 2025 - with health and wellness as a significant application area. The study forecasts 3 billion wearable sensors by 2025, with about 1/3 being new sensor types. Examples of prevalent chronic diseases are hypertension, obesity, arthritis, asthma, chronic kidney disease, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, sleep disorder and heart failure. This presentation will elaborate on the continuum from sensors to wearables to health monitoring.

9:30 FEATURED PRESENTATION: Scalable Manufacture of CNT-Based Microsensor for Lactate Detection in Sweat

Ahmed Busnaina, PhD, William Lincoln Smith Professor, Distinguished University Professor and Director, NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University

Non-invasive detection of lactate can help identify hypoxia and exercise-induced muscle fatigue in addition to several other morbidities. To address this gap, we present a novel chemiresistor-like amperometric carbon nanotube (CNT) enabled flexible lactate sensor with a focus on manufacturability and scalability. Sensors are printed using directed assembly of CNTs that are enzymatically functionalized for lactate detection. The sensors are capable of detecting L-lactate with excellent sensitivity (300 µA mM-1 cm-2) and short response time (<30 s). The results show that one sensor could be continuously used to detect lactate level in sweat for up to ten days.

10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

10:45 Sensors: Changing the PC Experience

Hemant Desai, Senior Sensor Technologist, Intel Corporation

Sensors have been in the PC since the beginning, playing a silent yet critical role: working behind the scenes to improve experience. This contrasts with sensors in the mobile phone, where the inclusion of every new sensor is trumpeted with great fanfare. Changes are on the horizon as makers and users of the PC look to enable new capabilities and experiences. We examine some of these enhancements in the pipeline and how Intel plays a critical role in bringing together researchers, sensor producers and OEMs.

11:15 Opportunities and Challenges for Emerging Sensor Technologies by Exploring Market Drivers and Technology Developments

Andy Behr, Technology Manager, Electronic Materials Business, Panasonic

In many cases, effective sensor deployment is being constrained by conventional circuit board constructions. Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) and Printed Electronics have garnered attention recently as potential options for assembling sensors into more conformable and useful systems. This presentation tackles both the opportunities and challenges of these emerging technologies by exploring market drivers and technology developments with emphasis on addressing constraints to high volume manufacturing (HVM).

11:45 Sensor Applications for Homeland Security

Luther Lindler, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Biological defense (biodefense) is a multifaceted capability that protects U.S. citizens from both intentional and naturally occurring intoxication with bioagents or toxins. The biodefense enterprise can be divided into pre-event capabilities (prevention and protection), ongoing analysis (surveillance and detection; threat awareness) and post-event capabilities (response and recovery) as discussed in the Homeland Security Presidential Directive “Biodefense of the 21st Century.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate performs research and development for DHS. One of the critical needs in the area of biodefense is a need for more sensitive and specific detection capabilities. DHS is interested in both indoor and outdoor detection capabilities. Both of these environments require a better method of sensing the presence of biothreat and chemical threat agents. The presentation will present the needs and concepts DHS is currently considering that are relevant to chemical and biological detection.

12:15 pm Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

Next Generation Wearables

1:40 Chairperson’s Remarks

Erica Lively, PhD, Principal Engineer, Exponent

1:45 Paper, Plastic and Fabric: Emerging Platforms for Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems for Emerging Applications

Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates

The presentation will provide an overview of printed, flexible, stretchable, functional fabric sensors and accompanying electronics and the applications in the biomed sector that they are currently enabling as well as their future application opportunities. Concluding presentation topics include barriers to the successful commercialization and recommended strategies for monetization opportunities of these technologies.

Advanced Connectivity, Design & Modeling for Emerging Applications

2:15 Solve the IoT Connectivity Dilemma to Advance Digital Innovation

Vaibhav Vohra, Vice President and Head of Product Management, SAP Digital Interconnect, SAP

Establish secure production connectivity at implementation anywhere and anytime. Explore ways to solve the “bootstrap” problem for IoT and always-on connectivity, so you can capitalize on unprecedented opportunities to delight customers and gain business insights anywhere in the world.

2:45 Cost Versus Power in Embedded Sensor System Design, a Win-Win Option

Mark Buccini, Director, Business Unit Strategy, Texas Instruments

This session documents proven embedded sensor system design techniques that both reduce cost and reduce power system consumption, in many cases by an order of magnitude. A clear case study of a battery-powered sensor system is presented with optimization alternatives. Benefits are quantified. A functional example including temperature, light, proximity and motion sensing will be discussed and demonstrated live during this session.

3:15 Networking Refreshment Break

3:30 Quantifying the Unmeasurable: Sensor Design for CX

Erica Lively, PhD, Principal Engineer, Exponent

Risk analysis is a critical step in all product development processes. In this talk, we’ll demonstrate some proactive, quantitative approaches to establish a set of tests and assessment exercises based on human factors, perception and algorithm design so that the product team are able to more accurately and precisely establish internal guidelines and quantitative data to minimize business risk.

4:00 Landscape Phage-Based Biosensors for Detection-Monitoring of Biological Threats

Valery Petrenko, PhD, Professor, Pathobiology, Auburn University

Development of phage engineering technology led to construction of a novel type of phage display libraries—collections of nanofiber materials with diverse molecular landscapes accommodated on the surface of phage particles. These new nanomaterials, called “landscape phage,” serve as a huge resource of diagnostic/detection probes and versatile construction materials for preparation of phage-functionalized biosensors.

4:30 End of Sensors for Emerging Applications